The Bulawayo City Council has declared war on illegal gold panners, sand and wood poachers and vagrants with several of them having been arrested while their equipment has been confiscated.
MBERENGWA traditional leaders are fuming at how illegal gold panners are desecrating graves by turning the district’s largest cemetery near Anesu Gold C-Mine into wretchedness during a gold rush that left some human remains exposed.
BUBI villagers in Matabeleland North province have cried foul over illegal gold panners, who have invaded their area in the past few months, destroying infrastructure as well as burning foliage.
THE Midlands province has few supporting partners in the mining sector implementing programmes for sex workers and small-scale miners despite many mining activities dotted around the province, a National Aids Council (NAC) official has said.
AN illegal gold panner, popularly known as mkorokoza, who had been on the run for seven years after killing his brother-in-law in a brawl at a funeral in Insuza in 2005, was yesterday sentenced to seven years in prison.
FOUR Zvishavane illegal gold panners have been jailed to an effective two months after they were arrested during an operation code-named Chamupupuri.
After eight days decomposing in a disused South African gold mine, 32-year-old Blessing’s body was so bloated it could barely fit through the tiny tunnel entrance hidden at the foot of a towering mine dump in a town east of Johannesburg, SA.
TWO suspected gold panners were on Sunday night crushed to death and two others seriously injured when they were run over by a truck they had reportedly intended using to transport stolen gold ore from Jilongwe Mine in West Nicholson.
THE government is pushing ahead with plans to legalise gold panning with legislation to that effect expected to be in place by the first half of this year.
ENVIRONMENTALISTS have warned that illegal gold panning activities in the gorges along the scenic route between Gweru and Shurugwi, popularly known as Boterekwa, pose a risk to motorists as the road faces collapse.